By Fredrica Syren
I planted a peppermint plant in garden earlier this year so now I’m drowning mint. It’s ok, however, because I love mint for salad and teas. My kids love when I make mint ice tea, which is a perfect way to cool off during this heatwave we’re having here in San Diego.
Fresh mint not only tastes great but it’s really good for you, too. Did you know that mint has always been used medicinally to aid digestion and relieve indigestion? If you suffer from frequent indigestion, drinking a cup of peppermint tea after your meal may help.
The chemical compound menthol, which is obtained from peppermint oil, is well known for its healing properties on the chest and respiratory system.
- Relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome by relaxing the muscles in and around the intestine.
- Act as a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body against the formation of cancerous cells.
- Inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungus.
- Ease and unblock the breathing and respiratory passages and airways.
- Relieve the symptoms of colds and flu.
- Help with nasal allergies.
- Relieve congestion, head colds and headaches.
- Act as a mild sedative and has calming properties.
- Relieve minor aches and pains such as muscle cramps and sprains.
- Combat bad breath.
- Provide a cooling sensation to the skin and help to treat minor burns, itching and skin irritations.
- Very good cleanser for the blood.
- Mint tea can help clear up skin disorders such as acne.
Green Mom’s Fresh Iced Mint and Honey Tea
30-40 fresh mint leaves
5 cups boiling water
4-6 tbsp. raw honey (depending hot sweet you want it)
Pour boiling water over mint leaves and let it steep until cool. Stir in the honey until it’s complete dissolved. Serve ice cold.